In the Khmer Republic, people in the capital of Phnom Penh have been going ahead with their normal preparations to celebrate the Chinese New Year despite the continuing attacks on the city by Communist insurgent forces.
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GV Devastation left by rocket attack
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Near Phnom Penh Generals discussing plan by map
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Background: In the Khmer Republic, people in the capital of Phnom Penh have been going ahead with their normal preparations to celebrate the Chinese New Year despite the continuing attacks on the city by Communist insurgent forces.
This year is The Year of the Tiger and celebrations for it go on for three days from January 23. Already the traditional banners with such slogans as "good business" or "long life" are being put out in Phnom Penh, slogans which this year seem even more optimistic than usual.
For rocket attacks by Khmer Rouge forces have been continuing -- the latest on Monday (January 21) killing two workers who were putting sandbags and steel plating on the roof of an apartment block to protect it from attack.
And near the city, Government forces are still engaged in operations to drive out the insurgents from their positions which threaten the former resort of Takhmau, only three miles (5 kilometres) from Phnom Penh.
The Khmer High Command in an attempt to clear the insurgent's rocket launching area, ordered its highest ranking officers together to co-ordinate operations. For the first time, the three commanding generals of the various military services have set up a joint command post -- near the frontline at Samrong, close to Phnom Penh's Pochentong airport.
Among the officers present at the co-ordination planning meeting were Khmer Air Force Commander General Ea Chhong, Armoured Corps. Commanding General Yai Cindy (pronounced Yiyi Sindee), the Chief of the Army's Artillery, General Littays Suon (pronounced Lit-teye soon-on) and the Chief of the High Command Operations Section Colonel Lim Cisasat (pronounced Lim See-sah-aht).
At the centre of the operation is Colonel Phen Uon (pronounced Pen Oo-on) the Commanding Officer of the 28th Infantry Brigade, acknowledged as the top field commander among the government forces. His brigade has won a series of ???ictories over the past four months.
Following the planning meeting, the 28th Brigade troops led the attack on the insurgents, closing to within fifty yards (metres) of them. They were supported by low-level bombing runs and strafing by helicopter gunships.
The government forces have reported some success in their drive but not enough to prevent rocket attacks on Phnom Penh.
SYNOPSIS: As well as traditional banners outside, a hair cut is a must before the New Year. So too are traditional foods and fruits.